Joe Nichols: I Count My Blessings...

updated 09/08/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/08/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

1. MY WIFE, HEATHER

She's a truth teller, even if it's brutal. She's like, "I know you think that's a good part of the show, but I think you need to work on it!" She's not afraid to let me know, regardless of what my ego thinks.

2. MY DAUGHTER

Ashelyn's a bright little girl with an amazing future-and she's so much cooler than I was at 12.

3. SECOND CHANCES

Having success and then seeing my career flatten out a bit and then having another chance with a song like "Gimme That Girl." I'm thankful for fan and radio support.

4. MY BAND

They're great to be around. We question each other's manhood, degrade each other and put vile things in each other's bunks. We like to make each other feel horrible because for just a moment it makes one person feel better. It's all part of being a friend.

5. THE ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS

I'm a big fan. While I was on a Toby Keith tour, I chartered a plane I couldn't afford because they were playing Ole Miss. I got there to watch the game and flew back just in time to hit the stage. They won.

6. MY GOLF SWING

I can hit a golf ball straight and long and then miss a 3-ft. putt, but I have fun with it. I'm pretty good at being inconsistent.

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